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What is P.A.N ?
Permanent Account Number is a number by which the Assessing Officer canidentify any person. Presently the Income Tax Department is allotting PAN under the New Series to all assessees which consists of ten alphanumeric character and is issued inthe form of a laminated card. The PAN is ultimately meant to supplant the General IndexRegister Number which is currently in use. The General Index Register Number is anumber given an Assessing Officer to the assessees in the General Index Register maintained by him which also contains the designation and the particulars of theAssessing Officer. As per section 139A of the Act obtaining PAN is a must for thefollowing persons:-1. Any person whose total income or the total income of any other person in respect of which he is assessable under the Act exceeds the maximum amount which is notchargeable to tax.2. Any person who is carry on any business or profession whose total sales, turnover or gross receipts are or is likely to exceed Rs. 5 lacs in any previous year.3. Any person who is required to furnish a return of income under section 139(4) of theAct.The requirement for applying for allotment of PAN under the New Series has now beenextended to the whole of India. PAN is required to be quoted in all the transactions mentioned below:-
In all returns and in all correspondence with the department.
In all challans for payment of any tax or sum due to the department.
In certain notified transaction. (see the sub module on notified transactions wherePAN has to be quoted)
How to apply for PAN
Application for allotment of PAN is to be made in Form 49A.
Following points must be noted while filling the above form:-
Application from must be typewritten or handwritten in black ink in BLOCK LETTERS.
Two black & white photographs are to be annexed.
While selecting the "Address for Communication", due care should be exercisedas all communications thereafter would be sent ate indicated address.
In the space given for " Father's Name" , only the father's name should be given.
Married ladies may note that husband's name is not required and should not begiven.
Due care should be exercised to fill the correct date of birth. The form should besigned in English or any of the Indian Languages in the 2 specified places. In caseof thumb impressions attestation by a Gazetted Officer is necessary.
Tips for filling form 49A
The form should be filled in carefully and completely since it may not be possiblefor the Department to allot PAN if all the details are not filled in. In any case thefollowing information must necessarily be given:-In the case of companies, the information that is necessarily required is as under:Date of Incorporation1.Registration Number.2.Date of commencement of the business3.Full and complete names of atleast two directors of the company4.Branch addresses and branch names of the company.5.Unless the form no.49A contains all the above informations it would not be possible to allot the PAN to a company assessee.In the case of individuals, the information that is necessarily required is as under:1.Full and complete name of the assessee2.Full and complete name of his/her Father.3.Date of birth4.Sources of income5.Unless the form no.49A contains all the above information's it would not be possible to allot the PAN to an individual assessee.Usefulness of Permanent Account Number 1.If PAN is quoted in all documents, it would be very convenient to locate theassessing officer holding jurisdiction over the person concerned.2.If PAN is quoted in all challans, the credit for payment of taxes can be quicklygranted to the taxpayer.3.If PAN is quoted in all specified transactions, the Department can excercisegreater control over unregulated and undisclosed transactions.Every person shall quote his permanent account number or General Index Register  Number in all documents pertaining to the transactions specified below :-Sale or purchase of any immovable property valued at Rupees five lakh or more.Sale or purchase of a motor vehicle or vehicles, which requires registration by aregistering authority.Payment to hotels and restaurants against their bills for an amount exceeding twenty fivethousand rupees at any one time.A person shall quote General Index Register Number in the documents pertaining totransactions specified in above clauses (a) to (h) till such time the permanent accountnumber is allotted to him;A person, being a minor and who does not have any income chargeable to income tax,making an application for opening an account referred to in the clause (f) of this rule,shall quote the permanent account number or General Index Register Number of hisfather or mother or guardian, as the case may be.Any person, who has not been allotted a permanent account number or who does not havea General Index Register Number and who makes payment in cash or otherwise than by acrossed cheque drawn on a bank or by a crossed bank draft in respect of any transaction

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